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Celestial News & Events

Spotty Weather

There's a cool sunspot group visible right now. If the weather is clear, go grab a safe solar viewer and check it out for yourself.

Celestial News & Events

Comet LINEAR Graces the Northern Sky

An unexpectedly bright comet is crossing a well-known part of the sky.

Crescent Moon and Venus at sunset

Hobby-based Q&A

Could the lunar crescent be seen in a telescope at new Moon?

Is the Moon’s orbit inclined sufficiently that, when it misses the Sun by the greatest amount north (or south), the lunar crescent could be seen in a telescope at new Moon? Probably not. The inclination of the Moon’s orbit to the ecliptic varies from 5.0° to 5.3°. French astronomer André…

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